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A storming finish to a personal best season has Bjorn Baker relishing what’s around the corner, but perhaps the runner he’s most interested in this Saturday will be a debutant two-year-old. Despite boasting a handy string of horses entered for the Gold Coast, impressive trialist Baltic Whisper will have an educational run in the first. And the stable is quietly confident about his chances – not that it is likely to see him progressing to Queensland’s winter carnival. “He’s a nice horse and he’s trialled well,” Baker said. “I guess it’s up to Saturday grade which is why you have to be cautious. You never get confident going into these races, but he does go well.”
CUMMINGS AT TOP OF LIST
Anthony Cummings’ focus may be on Adelaide as he tries to snare another staying classic, but he’s pinpointed a low-key Sydney runner as capable of taking a quantum leap at Rosehill. Top Of My List is still in her first preparation and has just a maiden win to her name, but Cummings is bullish about her future prospects after chasing home Imposing Lass at her last two starts. “She’s a really good filly with group 1 potential,” Cummings said. “She’s not dissimilar to the others [like Montaigne and Believe] in that she has certainly taken time to be ready for the pressures of racing. It was a good win first-up, just got lost second-up and the timing was wrong third-up.”
MARTIN’S ROGUISH HOPES
Tim Martin planned to dodge and weave the carnival leftovers, but even he has been left surprised with the calibre of rivals for Roguish’s first city start. “I thought I wanted to place him after the carnival when the races were weaker, but this is a very hard race on Saturday … a lot harder than I thought it would be,” Martin said of his unbeaten three-year-old, which has sauntered home in two starts at Canberra and Gosford so far before taking on the fifth at Rosehill. “I’m just hoping for a first-four finish and then we’ll go through the rest of the winter with him.” Martin’s former apprentice Yusuke Ichikawa will take the ride in a race headed up by Chris Waller’s slashing first-up winner Sir Bacchus. “[Roguish] will get seven furlongs to a mile and I reckon he’s a horse that can definitely win in open company,” Martin said.
QUINTON HAS FAITH IN FILLY
Ron Quinton has an unbeaten filly, he’s just not sure if the same unbeaten filly will end up in stakes company this preparation. “I couldn’t tell you that until after Saturday,” Quinton said of Daysee Doom, an entrant in the eighth at Rosehill. “That will be a better indication of what might happen.” But having bolted in by almost a combined six lengths in two starts at Hawkesbury and Canterbury, it would be a brave person to say she won’t. “She’s won two out of two and you can’t do any more than that, but the competition is a bit stiffer on Saturday which is normal when you’ve got to keep stepping up in benchmark,” Quinton said.
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